The U.S. Department of State is urging citizens traveling abroad to “exercise increased caution” in a rare worldwide caution travel advisory following anti-American protests in the Middle East.
“Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution,” reads the alert.
The U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs has been warning citizens abroad of anti-U.S. demonstrations in several countries, including Kuala Lumpur, Egypt, Iraq, Labanon, and Guatemala.
Several U.S. Consulate’s abroad have closed and will remain closed to the public until further notice.
The department said U.S. citizens should:
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive information and alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency overseas.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
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